Micah Kellner Not Seeking Re-election

Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)

Upper East Side Assemblyman Micah Kellner is not seeking re-election, he said this evening.

Mr. Kellner first announced the news at his home Democratic club and subsequently confirmed his intentions in a brief phone interview with Politicker.  Continue reading “Micah Kellner Not Seeking Re-election”

De Blasio Adds $35 Million to Snow Removal Budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio shovels snow
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Snow removal costs keep piling up.

In his preliminary budget address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is adding $35 million to the Sanitation Department’s budget to account for snow removal. Continue reading “De Blasio Adds $35 Million to Snow Removal Budget”

Micah Kellner’s Re-election Hits Financial Hurdles

Micah Kellner (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, still reeling from sexual harassment allegations, has not raised a single cent for his re-election bid since last summer.

Mr. Kellner raised nothing and spent $31,400 over the last six months, according to his latest state campaign finance filing. That leaves him with just $92.26 in his campaign account–a significant financial disadvantage against a slate of already better-funded rivals if he seeks another term representing the Upper East Side. Continue reading “Micah Kellner’s Re-election Hits Financial Hurdles”

Schumer and James Tweak de Blasio on Upper East Side Snow Response

Snow removal in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Getty)
Snow removal in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Getty)

They also snowed on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s parade.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Public Advocate Tish James took time out of their speeches at the inauguration of Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos yesterday to tweak Mr. de Blasio for his response to last week’s snow storm, which local residents–and later Mr. de Blasio himself–agreed had fallen short. Continue reading “Schumer and James Tweak de Blasio on Upper East Side Snow Response”

De Blasio Also ‘Concerned’ About Staten Island Snow-Response

A person falling on the snow and ice in Manhattan. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)
A person falling on the snow and ice in Manhattan. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)

It’s not just the Upper East side that deserved better plowing after this week’s snowstorm, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted today.

Though Mr. de Blasio staunchly defended his administration’s East Side snow-clearing efforts immediately after the storm, he eventually reversed himself, personally visiting the neighborhood, issuing an effusive statement and promising to redouble his efforts. Continue reading “De Blasio Also ‘Concerned’ About Staten Island Snow-Response”

Brooklyn Councilman Thinks Upper East Siders Complain Too Much About Snow

Councilman David Greenfield (left) with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras.
Councilman David Greenfield (left) with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio may have said that his sanitation department could have done more to remove snow from Upper East Side streets after Tuesday’s storm, but at least one Brooklyn councilman thinks the mayor should not be apologizing to the tony neighborhood.

Councilman David Greenfield, who was elevated to chair the council’s influential land use committee thanks to a deal brokered by Mr. de Blasio, delivered a blistering defense of the snow clearing operation on his radio show yesterday, calling the people of the Upper East Side “complainers.” Continue reading “Brooklyn Councilman Thinks Upper East Siders Complain Too Much About Snow”

De Blasio Says ‘More Could Have Been Done’ to Clear Upper East Side Snow After Visit [Update]

Bill de Blasio visits the Upper East Side. (Photo: nycmayorsoffice)
Bill de Blasio visiting the Upper East Side today. (Photo: Rob Bennett/nycmayorsoffice)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made an unannounced stop this afternoon on the Upper East Side, where residents had assailed his snow-clearing efforts–some even accusing him of skipping their neighborhood in an act of political revenge.

“The Mayor made an unscheduled stop to the Upper East Side today to talk to residents, hear their views on the storm cleanup, and survey the area for himself,” his spokeswoman, Marti Adams, told Politicker. Continue reading “De Blasio Says ‘More Could Have Been Done’ to Clear Upper East Side Snow After Visit [Update]”